Veteran political strategist James Carville isn’t mincing words in the wake of jarring election results across the U.S., blaming some Democratic candidates’ difficulties and unforeseen challenges on “stupid wokeness.”
Carville, who has consulted for decades with politicians in the U.S. and around the globe, cited “defund the police lunacy,” among other issues, as being at the center of Democrats’ woes.
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The strategist offered a passionate response Wednesday when “PBS Newshour” host Judy Woodruff asked, “What went wrong?” in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
“What went wrong is just stupid wokeness. Alright, don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Washington,” Carville said. “I mean, this ‘defund the police’ lunacy, this take Abraham Lincoln’s name off of schools. I mean that — people see that.”
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Carville went on to say these sentiments have a “suppressive effect” on Democrats across the U.S. and urged a change in tactics.
“Some of these people need to go to a woke detox center or something,” Carville added. “There’s a backlash and a frustration.”
Political observers might see Carville’s words as a fulfillment of electoral prophecy, as the strategist repeatedly warned earlier this year that “woke” ideology could hurt Democrats.
“I call it politics of the faculty lounge,” he told CNN back in May and encouraged politicians to speak the “language of the people.”
Carville also at the time contended there had already been political losses due to the “defund the police” movement. In April, he again affirmed his belief that “wokeness is a problem” and Democrats need better messaging.
The strategist’s latest comments come on the heels of Republican Glenn Youngkin “jolting Democrats” by pulling out a stunning win in the Virginia gubernatorial race against rival Terry McAuliffe.
As Faithwire previously reported, the “defund the police” effort was also dealt a more pointed blow on Tuesday when Minneapolis voters rejected a provision that would have replaced the current police structure. The effort to swap the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety failed 56% to 44%.
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